GCB (aka “Good Christian Bitches”) premiered last night on ABC, and for every cowgirl (or cowboy!) that loves a good country-fried cat fight, this is where you need to be every Sunday night. No joke. This show is great.
GCB tells the story of Amanda Vaughn (Leslie Bibb… remember Popular??), a Dallas-bred Californian whose Ponzi-scheming husband just died in a rather spectacular and unsavory fashion (I won’t spill the exact details; it’s too funny not to enjoy the surprise). She’s got to move back to Texas, where she previously ruled the roost as the resident Mean Girl, and deal with the Good Christian Bitches she used to torment.
The story starts off quickly and, like many pilots, the setup is a little rushed and formulaic. But the second the script shifts to church and we meet the Bitches, the good stuff starts!
First up is Carlene Cockburn (oh lord yes that is her name), played by a delightfully evil Kristin Chenoweth, who has had more surgeries than Meg Ryan and bends the meaning of Biblical quotes a little too liberally. Next is Cricket (Miriam Shor), who’s married to a hot piece of smokin’ gay cowboy (played by Mark Deklin – seriously, this guy is charming as hell). Then there’s Sharon (Jennifer Aspen), who used to have the best body in school and now…. doesn’t, and Heather (Marisol Nichols), who is the town gossip but perhaps the only nice one of the bunch.
I can see so many ways that the premise of these Jesus-loving hellraisers could go wrong or get stale, but I’m seriously hoping that doesn’t happen (for at least four seasons or so). This show mixes the perfect cocktail of over-the-top ridiculousness (what else could you expect from the likes of Darren Star?) and Southern realness (same to be said for Robert Harling, writer of my favorite story of the South, Steel Magnolias). I’m definitely hooked – for now, at least.
What did you think of GCB? If you missed the show, watch it here at hulu.com!